Perimenopause Symptoms - Spotting the Signs of Perimenopause
Learning to identify perimenopause symptoms can alert you to the start of your progress towards the menopause.
The words "Perimenopause" and "menopause" are often used interchangeably to describe the stages leading up to your last period. The word "menopause" actually means the ending of your menstrual cycle, and the symptoms and bodily changes leading up to your last ever period are the "perimenopause."
As you move into this phase of your reproductive life, you may start to notice a whole host of physical and emotional changes, although some lucky women sail through perimenopause with no symptoms at all.
When do Perimenopause Symptoms Start?
The onset differs from woman to woman, but typically it begins in the mid-forties, although some will experience perimenopausal symptoms as young as 35.
How Long Do Perimenopausal Symptoms Last?
Perimenopause can last for at least 3 years from when you first notice signs until your final period. For some women, symptoms can last up to 15 years or even, rarely 20 years, before menopause occurs, but a span of 3-5 years is far more common.
Perimenopausal signs don't just switch themselves off when you reach menopause, and can go on, dwindling gradually, for a year or more post-menopause.
Physical Perimenopause Symptoms
This list covers some of the common symptoms you may experience with the onset of perimenopause:
Emotional and Psychological Perimenopause Symptoms
Fortunately there's a lot you can do to help yourself and you'll find plenty of tips and information on this site. And the chances are that you'll only experience a few of the possible perimenopause symptoms, and those you do have may not be strong enough to affect your day to day life too much.
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